Ka­sich ve­toes bid to limit Med­i­caid

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — Gov. John Ka­sich stood against fel­low Repub­li­cans in the Ohio Leg­is­la­ture on Fri­day to sup­port Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion, which now pro­vides health in­sur­ance to 700,000 low-in­come Ohioans.

Ka­sich ve­toed a pro­posed freeze of the ex­pan­sion and 46 other items from the state bud­get be­fore sign­ing the bud­get bill just ahead of a mid­night dead­line Fri­day.

“I un­der­stand the fis­cal con­cerns that we have, but we’ve been able to man­age it,” Ka­sich said. “I wouldn’t do any­thing that’s go­ing to put the state in a po­si­tion of where we couldn’t have fis­cal sta­bil­ity.”

Con­ser­va­tives had called on Ka­sich to set a na­tional ex­am­ple by leav­ing in place state bud­get pro­vi­sions call­ing for freez­ing ex­pan­sion en­roll­ment start­ing July 1, 2018, and pre­vent­ing those who drop off from re-en­rolling.

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